Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I am only one, but I am still one.

First of all, I'd like to say sorry for the lack of posts in my series on perfectionism. This week has been long, and by the time I get home from work, I need to engage in some self care activities (remember my post on not being able to give what I don't have?). So, I've been busy taking care of myself. However, I promise to be back to posting on perfectionism soon. In the meantime, start challenging your own black and white thinking!

I thought I'd share this quote with you all today:

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still
I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

-- Helen Keller 

I love this quote! Sometimes I see a situation that we as counselors deal with every day, and feel that no matter how hard I work with people struggling with it, the problem will still be there generation after generation. I guess if I allowed myself to really focus on this idea and dwell on it, I'd start feeling pretty down. But, I can do something, and that something can allow someone else to change. That something I can do can still change one person's life. I think that's why I love this quote. Most of us won't go on to do something really big in life (I'm not saying we won't do something important, but most of us aren't going to invent something or become "famous"), but that doesn't mean that we can't do something, and that something can't be important.
So, if you get discouraged in what you're doing, remember that it might not be everything (or be what the world might define as great) but you can do something, and that something is important.

Do you ever feel like you aren't making a difference in your life? What do you do to combat that thinking so you stay motivated to keep "doing"?


  1. I love that quote by Hellen keller, i needed that today. Also, I wanted to say Thank you for stopping by last night during comment hour! I LOVE COMMENTS!!!

  2. I loved that quote- sometimes it's easy to think that we shouldn't even bother doing something b/c we're just one person. I'm going to keep this quote where I can find it!

  3. Ooooh that's a great quote!

    Sometimes I wonder if doing all this laundry and keeping the house clean all the time really matters haha. Being a stay at home mom gets tiring sometimes. :)

  4. That is a great quote, and a great reminder to do what we can, even when the issues seem overwhelming . If it doesn't seem like much in the big picture, remember it's little pixels that make up that picture.